Tunisia frees 1,420 prisoners over spread of coronavirus

Several hundred Tunisians demonstrate in a working class neighborhood of Tunis, demanding promised government support and protesting a week-old lockdown against the coronavirus. (AFP)

Tunisia’s President Kais Saied on Tuesday ordered the release of 1,420 prisoners in an amnesty to combat the spread of the coronavirus in prisons, a presidency statement said.

Tunisia has declared a general lockdown to slow infection rates, and has confirmed 362 cases of the coronavirus, with nine deaths.

The government said in a separate statement that it would provide food assistance to thousands of families in their homes, starting on Friday, for a period of about two months.



Saied last week ordered the army to deploy in the streets to force people to respect the lockdown.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 10:06 - GMT 07:06
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